回鄉 2015 / Home Visit 2015

每三年我們可以回鄉一個月看看家裡的人。我在七月十日到八月十五日回鄉。

七月十日在台灣有颱風。我有一點擔心飛機可能會誤點。感謝天主,颱風在台灣北部有一點距離所以雖然在下雨但我有一個非常平穩的旅程。

我的外甥(酈申)到機場接我。後來幾天我只休息。跟酈申和我妹妹(蔡怡文)逛一逛 Alabang 尋找一些可口的菲律賓美食吃。

I. 巴科羅和宿霧

七月十四至十七日,我去巴科羅(菲律賓中部)看我哥哥(蔡理世)。他女兒(Karen Chua)在飛機場接我。我很幸運她在因為她與她丈夫是住在 Isabela,Cagayan Valley(呂宋島的東北)。她去巴科羅因為她女兒病了。她兩個孩子(Jada Klarissa 與 Jan Kyle)是在巴科羅 La Salle 大學念書也同時陪伴他們的爺爺(我哥哥蔡理世)和奶奶(Nelia Vargas)。

有 Karen 開車,我們做的第一件事就是尋找巴科羅的有機花園。是的,巴科羅現在已經有了有機蔬菜花園和餐廳︰May's Garden (Organic Garden & Restaurant)。所以,如果有一天你在巴科羅的話,為什麼不去 May's 品嚐呢?地址是︰Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, 6100 Philippines. Tel: (034)431-3800, 0925-707-4102。

七月十五日,我哥哥和女兒帶我去 Isio,Cauayan,我母親出生的地方。然後還去了 Pulupandan,我出生的地方。

七月十六日,我們全家和工人一起去 Chicken Deli (巴科羅最好的烤雞店)吃飯。

七月十七日,我請 Karen 開車到 Mambukal 山度假勝地離巴科羅市大約 30 分鐘的車程。Karen 拒絕爬上山去第三號瀑布。在向導的建議,我們乘坐 摩托車上到第六號瀑布。那段往上走的路程很顛簸因為道路沒有鋪好。我們到達目的地之前,我決定走路,因為非常危險的。小石頭的路面變成了大石頭, 我差點從摩托車掉下來。無論如何,一旦我們到達了目的地,我很驚訝地看到這麼多的人在那裡,其中包括婦女和兒童。在那裡,我看到年輕人做懸崖跳水。 從那裡,我們慢慢地走下山經過不同的瀑布,直到我們到達了山腳下。在那裡的一個小吃店吃飯。

下午我們回家了。黃昏時,我與孩子們去 Talisay,附近的一個小鎮,參觀 The Ruins。到了晚上,我們去 SM Bacolod 吃飯作為歡送我。

七月十八日,我搭飛機彺曼達維市,宿霧,去看看吳孝川,一個很要好的朋友,並參加他們父親,吳聲敬,一百歲的慶祝活動。今天我妹妹蔡怡文和 她的丈夫酈德瑞從馬尼拉也來到曼達維市參加這慶祝活動。宿務的重要人物都在那裡。即使曼達維市的市長在那裡。我們在宿務一個旅館過夜。 第二天,七月十九日,我們就回馬尼拉去了。

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巴科羅和宿霧 / Bacolod and Cebu
吉隆坡 / Kuala Lumpur
新加坡 / Singapore
王誠區 / Intramuros
柯里基多 / Corregidor
長灘島 / Boracay
美軍公墓,塔爾跋涉,再會 / American Cemetery, Taal Trek, Goodbye

Once every 3 years we are allowed a month vacation to visit our family back home. I did my home visit on July 10 to August 15, 2015.

There was a typhoon on July 10 affecting Taiwan. I was a little bit worried that it might delay my flight to Manila. Thanks be to God, the typhoon was a little further north of Taiwan and I had a very smooth ride home.

My nephew, Jahzon Lih, picked me up at the airport. And the following few days I just rested. Went around Alabang with Jahzon and my sister, Yvonne Chua Lih, looking for some delicious Filipino food to eat.

I. Bacolod and Cebu

July 14 to 17, I went to Bacolod City, central Philippines, to visit my older brother, Joel Chua. Joel's daughter, Karen Chua, picked me up at the airport. I was really very fortunate that Karen was there in Bacolod looking after her daughter who was sick. Karen lives with her husband, Jimmy Herrera, in Isabela, Cagayan Valley, northeast of Luzon. But their 2 children, Jada Klarissa and Jan Kyle, are now in Bacolod studying in La Salle and keeping company to their grandfather, Joel, and grandmother, Nelia Vargas.

With Karen driving me around, the first thing we did was to look for the organic garden in Bacolod. Yes, Bacolod has now an organic garden and restaurant: May's Garden (Organic Garden & Restaurant). So if one day you find yourself in Bacolod why not visit May's? The address is Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, 6100 Philippines. Tel: (034)431-3800, 0925-707-4102.

On July 15, my brother, Joel, brought me to Isio, Cauayan, the birth place of my mother and then also went to Pulupandan, my birth place.

July 16, we had dinner with the whole family and helpers at the Chicken Deli, Bacolod's best chicken restaurant.

July 17, I asked Karen to drive me to Mambukal Mountain Resort which is about a 30 minute drive from Bacolod City. Karen refused to climb the mountain to go to the 3rd waterfalls. We took, at the suggestion of the guide, a motorcycle ride to the 6th falls. The ride was bumpy as the road going up was not paved. But before we reached our destination, I decided to take a walk as it was very dangerous. The small pebble road turned into big stones and I almost fell off the motorcycle. Anyway, once we reached our destination, I was surprised to see so many people up there, including women and children. There I saw young people doing cliff diving. And from there, we went slowly down passing by the different waterfalls until we reached the bottom of the mountain. We took lunch at one of the eateries available there.

We went home in the afternoon. At dusk, with the children, we went to Talisay, a nearby town, to see The Ruins. And in the evening, we went to SM Bacolod for dinner as a send-off for me.

July 18, I took a plane to Mandaue City, Cebu, to see Amado Go, a very good friend, and to join in the celebration of their father's, Esteban Go, 100th year birthday. Today my sister Yvonne and her husband, David Lih, came to Mandaue City from Manila to join in the celebration. Important people of Cebu were there. Even the mayor of Mandaue City was there. We stayed overnight in Mandaue and the next day, July 19, we went home to Manila.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. / 蔡由世神父 / 2015/08/29

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